Our Current Missions

From Your Missions Committee

May 2022

Community Network for Children (CNC)

The CNC Children's Clothing Closet NEW HOURS—The Children's Closet is OPEN byAPPOINTMENT ONLY on Thursdays, 12-4p.m. If you can’t make Thursdays, then pleasecontact the CNC to arrange another time. They have LOTS of clothing for newborn toelementary age children all for FREE! In addition, they have diapers for those who need someto get them through the month. They can distribute apackage of diapers to families 1x a month. They are currently accepting clothing for warm weather. Please contact them to reserve a time to visit,call/text (413) 422-0170.

CNC Open House

Mark your calendars for the CNC Children’s Clothing Closet OPEN HOUSE, May 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Dixon House, 4Montague Rd., Leverett, to be held outside. Cancelled if raining. Come for FREE clothes. Warm weather clothing donations accepted—must be clean and in good condition. Open to all with young children, Newborn—Elementary Age. Questions? Contact Gillian Budine,Budine@erving.comor413-422-0170 call/text.

UCC One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS)

OGHS gives us the opportunity to join approximately4,800 churches and 773,500 members of the UnitedChurch of Christ to direct financial support and ensurewe stand with vulnerable people worldwide duringtimes of crisis. Our month-long campaign will go along way to help those whom we see in the forefrontof the news, especially Ukraine, and those who aremore invisible without prominent advocates. With your contributions stillarriving, we’ll report your generosity in the June Clarion

March 2022

One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS)

One Great Hour of Sharing receives even the smallest of offerings and brings them together in a big way to support health, education, refugee, agricultural, and emergency relief initiatives. With the world focused on the immediate humanitarian and refugee needs for Ukraine, your investment in the United Church of Christ Ministries will continue aid for the long haul. One Great Hour of Sharing is at work all year round, all around the world - sharing resources and changing lives, bringing your message of love and hope to those in need. You can make your donations throughout the month of April by check made out to the Leverett Congregational Church (write “OGHS” in the memo line), in church or by mail: PO Box 324, Leverett MA 01054. You can also donate online: https://www.leverettcongregationalchurch.org/donate and type in “OGHS” in the comments.

 

Community Network for Children (CNC)

The CNC Children's Clothing Closet—The Children's Closet is OPEN by APPOINTMENT ONLY on Thursdays or other times if needed. They have LOTS of clothing all for FREE! In addition, they have diapers for those who need some to get them through the month. They can distribute a package of diapers to families 1x a month. Currently CNC is accepting warm weather clothing — newborn through children's size 14 — that is clean and in good condition. Please call to reserve a time to visit, call/text (413) 422-0170.

 

Mark your calendars for the CNC Children’s Clothing Closet OPEN HOUSE, May 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Dixon House, 4 Montague Rd., Leverett. More details next month. CNC is a program of Erving School Union #28 of which Leverett Elementary School is a member, under the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. CNC has been in partnership with the Leverett Congregational Church since 2019 for its use of the Dixon House. .

February 2022

Your missions committee knows that we ask a lot from this small but mighty congregation during the Christmas season. Thank you for giving generously, $2,034 in total. Here are the ways your donations met so many needs this season.

 

Adopt-A-Family of Franklin County

Our donation of $750 to Adopt-A-Family brought so much joy to families who otherwise faced a bleak Christmas. Having gift cards empowered these families to choose how they celebrated Christmas by providing some gifts of need and some of joy as well as their Christmas meals.

 

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels has a long history of local support from our church. The organization helps those who cannot get out to shop and provide meals for themselves. The meal deliverers also provide a daily check-in to be sure the homebound are okay. These individuals might otherwise have to live in a facility, at great expense, not to mention having to leave their home. Our church raised $635 in support, which will provide a great many meals over this year.

 

Christmas Fund

The Christmas Fund has been caring for active and retired clergy and lay employees of the United Church of Christ for over 100 years, providing emergency grants, supplementation of small annuities and health premiums, and Christmas thank-you gift checks to lower-income retirees. Our congregation has given $319 this past Christmas season to continue the tradition of taking care of those in need who have served us so selflessly.

 

Community Network for Children Food Gift Cards

We raised an additional $330 in food gift cards to help families in need purchase their Christmas meal. (This is in addition to the funds raised in November for Thanksgiving dinners.) From the Community Network for Children Children's Closet The CNC Closet—Will be OPEN by APPOINTMENT ONLY on Thursdays. They have LOTS of clothing all for FREE! In addition, they have diapers for those who need to bolster their supply to get them through the month. They can distribute a package of diapers to families once a month. Please contact them to reserve a time to visit, call/text (413) 422-0170.

January 2022

The Christmas Fund

Funds raised for the Christmas Fund, one of three United Church of Christ special collections, provide direct financial support to those who serve the church and are facing financial difficulties. In the tradition of the twelve days of Christmas we are collecting this offering the first and second weeks in January. Please give generously as more of our veterans of the cross face these uncertain times. You can make donations to the Christmas Fund by mailing your check made out to Leverett Congregational Church (write “Christmas Fund” in the memo line), PO Box 324, Leverett MA 01054 OR write "Christmas Fund" in the comments of an online donation at https://www.leverettcongregationalchurch.org/donate In the next issue we will report the results of your generous gifts to Adopt-A-Family, Meals on Wheels and Neighbors in Need.

Thank You from Your Missions Committee

Claudia Gere, Chair, Rich Connelly, Mary Hankinson

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December 2021

Adopt-A-Family of Franklin County—Adopt-A-Family had great hopes of returning to our tradition of adopting a family to shower with Christmas joy, gifts for children, a Christmas meal, and gift cards. Alas, this year we will again continue our support through our cash donations that Adopt-a-Family will convert into gift cards and distribute them to families by need.

 

Last year your generous donations helped improve the lives of hundreds of local families. The need continues to grow as we face these challenging and uncertain times.

 

Please send your contributions by December 15 (yes, this is happening very quickly due to timing) so families can purchase what they need to make this a more joyous Christmas.

You can make donations by mailing your check made out to Leverett Congregational Church (write “Adopt-a-Family” in the memo line), PO Box 324, Leverett MA 01054 OR write "Adopt-a-Family" in the comments of an online donation at https:// www.leverettcongregationalchurch.org/donate

 

Meals on Wheels—Again, this year we will be contributing the collection from the Candlelight Service to Meals on Wheels. We have supported this service organization for many, many years with some in our church family very dedicated and taking part personally in fundraising, others in serving, and many enjoying its benefits. As the name implies, they prepare and deliver meals to shut-ins in our communities. For many, this organization makes it possible for them to stay in their own homes. Beyond providing for the daily need of nourishment, the committed volunteers are often the sole visitor these people receive, a much-needed connection to the outside world as well as a daily safety check. Your contributions will help those in need within our immediate communities to remain in their homes. Make checks payable to Leverett Congregational Church with Meals on Wheels on the memo line.

 

Community Network for Children—Thank you to all who contributed to the effort by the Community Network for Children to provide turkeys to those families who otherwise would not have had the means to celebrate Thanksgiving. We raised $365 and brought surprise and joy to many families in our local neighborhoods. If you missed our Thanksgiving offering (or would like to continue your support) we will continue collecting supermarket gift cards for families in need within the Community Network for Children. Share the joy of the season.

You can give your cards to your missions committee members on Sunday, December 12.

 

The CNC Closet—Will be OPEN by APPOINTMENT ONLY on Thursdays. They have LOTS of clothing all for FREE! In addition, they have diapers for those who need some to get them through the month. They can distribute a package of diapers to families 1x a month. They could use donations of children's winter boots, snowpants and waterproof mittens! Please contact them to reserve a time to visit, call/ text (413) 422-0170.

 

UCC Neighbors in Need—The collection last month for Neighbors in Need gives our church a presence to fight injustice in our greater community. This year we collected $320 to support grants for: rights and freedoms of all persons, environmental and economic justice with this year’s focus on immigration. When combined with the donations from the 4,852 churches and 802,356 members of the UCC, we have a significant impact in communities and programs.

 

The Christmas Fund—This is the final UCC collection of the year and the one that helps us express our gratitude for those who serve as clergy

and those who support our clergy. In the tradition

of the twelve days of Christmas we will

be collecting this offering the first and second

weeks in January.

More to come in the January Clarion.

Thank You from Your Missions Committee

November 2021

Neighbors in Need (NIN)—is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. Onethird of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM) (http:// caimucc.com/vision.html). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support many justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service such as programs that teach youth and young adults how to be social justice advocates, teaching others to live in a multicultural, multiracial world in just, anti-racist, peaceful, and compassionate ways. The 2021 campaign will focus on “the unhoused aka homeless.” Your offerings will be received on Sunday, November 14 and 21.

f nourishment, the committed volunteers are often the sole visitor these people receive, a much-needed connection to the outside world as well as a daily safety check. Your contributions will help those in need within our immediate communities to remain in their homes. Make checks payable to Leverett Congregational Church with Meals on Wheels on the memo line. Community Network for Children—Thank you to all who contributed to the effort by the Community Network for Children to provide turkeys to those families who otherwise would not have had the means to celebrate Thanksgiving. We raised $365 and brought surprise and joy to many families in our local neighborhoods. If you missed our Thanksgiving offering (or would like to continue your support) we will continue collecting supermarket gift cards for families in need within the Community Network for Children. Share the joy of the season. You can give your cards to your missions committee members on Sunday, December 12. The CNC Closet—Will be OPEN by APPOINTMENT ONLY on Thursdays. They have LOTS of clothing all for FREE! In addition, they have diapers for those who need some to get them through the month. They can distribute a package of diapers to families 1x a month. They could use donations of children's winter boots, snowpants and waterproof mittens! Please contact them to reserve a time to visit, call/ text (413) 422-0170. UCC Neighbors in Need—The collection last month for Neighbors in Need gives our church a presence to fight injustice in our greater community. This year we collected $320 to support grants for: rights and freedoms of all persons, environmental and economic justice with this year’s focus on immigration. When combined with the donations from the 4,852 churches and 802,356 members of the UCC, we have a significant impact in communities and programs.

Thanksgiving gift cards to spread the joy—While most of us enjoy the bounty of a Thanksgiving meal, many in our community are less fortunate. We can help by providing supermarket gift cards to help those who need a helping hand to enjoy the holiday. The Community Network for Children will distribute them to support families they know are in need. Any surplus will be donated to the Amherst Survival Center. You can put the gift cards in the Missions mailbox in the church vestibule or hand to Claudia Gere (or Rich Connelly in her absence).

 

The Community Network for Children—The CNC Children's Closet in Leverett will be OPEN by APPOINTMENT ONLY on Thursdays. You'll find LOTS of clothing all for FREE! In addition, those in need of some diapers can get them through the month. CNC can distribute a package to families once a month. Clothing has been sorted to prepare for cooler weather. CNC could use donations of children's winter boots and waterproof mittens! Please contact the CNC to reserve a time to visit, call/text 413-422-0170.

 

CROP Hunger Walk—Our church community generously supported Kim Mohlar and Claudia Gere walking with other faith community members in New Salem. The $390 you contributed for the CROP Hunger Walk will dig wells that provide safe water to people who otherwise walk hours daily to access their only source of water. The proceeds will help international projects to relieve hunger and provide safe drinking water for refugee camps, and areas of drought and famine. In addition, 25 percent of the proceeds will support local Franklin County food banks. Thank you to our walkers and to our congregation for your support.

—Claudia Gere, Chair, Missions Committee; Rich Connelly, Mary Hankinson

August - September, 2021

Franklin County CROP Hunger Walk

The Franklin County CROP Hunger Walk is Sunday, October 3, 2021, in New Salem. Mark your calendars. This year we will fight against the challenges of disease, disaster, displacement, and other concerns that leave people hungry. Join with us as we raise funds to help neighbors near and far get the meals they need for today and sustainable food security for tomorrow. The walk will also raise money for fuel assistance to support those struggling in the area to keep their homes warm.

 

Relief for Haiti, Ida, Afghanistan exit victims

Destruction from a recent 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti has left many homeless and without access to basic needs. The United Church of Christ’s wider mission is seeking to raise $100,000 in relief aid. You can donate through our online link: https:// www.leverettcongregationalchurch.org/donate and write Haiti Relief in the comments. You can also send a check to Leverett Congregational Church (write “Haiti Relief” in the memo line), PO Box 324, Leverett MA 01054. And as a reminder, with our One Great Hour of Sharing annual collection, the UCC Disaster Relief stands at the ready to help with recovery and support for those affected by Hurricane Ida as well as from the US exit from Afghanistan. Your missions committee will let you know how we can provide additional support in the coming month.

 

Adopt-A-Family of Franklin County

A warm thank you letter from Adopt-A-Family of Franklin County reflects as well just how grateful your missions committee was last December for the overwhelming generosity of our congregation.

 

Missions Committee — Claudia Gere, Chair Rich Connelly, Mary Hankinson

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June, 2021

One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) This past spring we joined together in support of One Great Hour of Sharing to raise $605, a sizeable sum when joined with the many others in our larger community. Looking at the good works OGHS supports throughout the world, one theme kept surfacing: “Let Your Love Flow.” Like the well water that now flows in so many African villages, once strapped by drought, difficult access to and unsafe drinking water, your love flows with this contribution and the many other ways we help communities to a better life.

 

February, 2021

Meals on Wheels — As has been our church’s tradition, we asked for contributions to the Franklin County Meals on Wheels program (LifePath, https://lifepathma.org/ services/services-for-elders/meals-on-wheels) at our first-ever virtual Candlelight Service. Not only does this organization make it possible for homebound seniors to receive nutritious meals, but also a home wellness check-in. Your unprecedented generosity, contributing $1,075, also honors those among our community who have and continue to support this essential organization providing their skills and services as volunteers.

 

Veterans Fund — Our contribution totaling $175 will join with other UCC churches to provide much needed relief to those who have served our congregations and face unexpected, insurmountable bills. During these uncertain times, it is nice to know that our community has a way of reaching those in need.

 

And other updates: You gave $1,345.00 for our Christmastime Adopt-A-Family; $100 for One Great Hour of Sharing; and $420 for Neighbors in Need.

 

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